As I thought of the usual and even some unusual themes, nothing struck me. I decided to come up with my own theme, we were going to do an Ultimate Baby Playdate. Makenzie loves playdates and she loves her friends so why not have all of her baby friends over for a souped up playdate?
I started sketching and brainstorming and making lists. After months and months of planning, it all came together. There were some major bumps in the road on the day of the party and things didn't get done as well as I had wanted them to but the party was awesome and the best part was that Makenzie had a blast!
The invite designed by my oh-so-talented hubby. Having an Ultimate Baby Playdate meant that I got to keep the guest list to a minimum. A majority of the guests we invited were Makenzie's baby friends. I added a fun touch and addressed each invite to her friend.
My mom made Makenzie a turquoise tutu, a cupcake onesie and her matching flower headband and she bought her pink glitter TOMS.
I decided to take all of the furniture out of our living room and dining room and make it party central. We ended up leaving the couch but everything else went in the garage. I put away the stuffed toys and any of her toys that would be difficult to sanitize. I brought out her ball pit and put the toys in the middle of the room. The babies were free to roam around and play at their leisure without mom or dad having to stress about them.
Our large window seat in the living room was used for presents. I downloaded a banner from the blog eighteen25 and used Photoshop to change the colors to match the party. We bought two mylar butterfly balloons and had them on each side.
Behind the couch was a small table with Makenzie's Shutterfly books, a pink photo box, pens and blank index cards. Everyone loved looking through Makenzie's books. On the blank index cards we asked people to write a special message to Makenzie. When they were done they placed the cards in the pink box, which became Makenzie's first birthday box.
The main focal point of the party was the dessert/snack table. This was the first thing you saw when you walked in the door. We had a lot of fun putting it together. There was an "adult" food table elsewhere but we kept the baby food on this table. We had PB&J finger sammies, string cheese, whole wheat goldfish crackers and a sippy cup with a Happy Tot Organic Fruit Pouch for each baby. We used colored streamers for the backdrop.
I decorated my Wilton cupcake stand with hot pink satin ribbon and turquoise rick rack. I made chocolate cupcakes with turquoise frosting and put pink "Happy 1st Birthday" candles in the top cupcakes.
Dirk left to get balloons and on his way home the tire and axel on our Civic decided to just fall off. Praise the Lord he was right outside the gate to our Community and was completely uninjured but he did have to wait for a tow truck to come. Because of this my mom and I were scrambling around. Unfortunately I didn't get to complete all of the sweets I wanted on the table and I didn't get to frost Makenzie's smash cake. It all worked out fine and she just smashed a cupcake. I decorated her highchair with tulle and satin ribbon and made her hat (that she wore for 2 seconds).
Overall, the party was tons of fun. In a perfect world things would have been a little different but remember this was all about Makenzie and she had a great time! We are so thankful for our sweet girl and all of our friends and family who came. We love you all!